IAP A3: assignment
This series is a portrait of Brigitte Mierau, a Hamburg-born stitch artist who has spent two-thirds of her life in the UK and is currently based in Hastings. Prior to training as an artist she had a varied career as a management consultant, a sub-editor, a massage therapist (her clients included Meatloaf, who used to fly her out to wherever he was and included her in his live tour crew) and a hypnotherapist (the most lucrative of all her pursuits). She was in her late 50s when she embarked upon a foundation course in drawing, followed by a degree at Camberwell for which she was awarded first class honours. Her work has been exhibited in a number of group shows including one curated by Grayson Perry, and an artwork charting the Battle of Brexit from June 2016 to December 2017 in 22 A3-sized sections (presently hanging beside the circular mirror in her front room) is in the process of being approved for acquisition by the British Museum.